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Describe the biggest difference in your daily life.
The biggest difference in my life is that I paid a water bill of KES 7000. This bill had been pending for over 2 years since I did not have money to pay it. I had even been denied access to that water due to that bill. Life became really hard for me due to this since due to the state of my health I could not walk for in search of water. We are greatly affected by long dry spells and at the moment life is much better and easier for me. I water my cattle at home, access clean water and If all goes well I am planning to irrigate my garden for better crop production.
Describe the moment when you received your money. How did you feel?
I was in a hospital when I received a message notifying me that I had received the transfers. I have been suffering from diabetes for over a year now. At that point in time, my leg had been amputated and I was in so much pain. when the message came in I laughed out so loudly that the other patients wondered why I was very jovial despite the pain that I was going through. I immediately called my son who was at home help me collect the transfers.
What did you spend your first transfer on?
I spent the transfers on buying a cow KES 26000.paid water bill at
KES 7000. I then used the rest to build a new house.
access_time 5 months ago
What does receiving this money mean to you?
My 5 grandchildren who are orphans live with me, i have been struggling paying their school fees so that they can have a bright future and be able to be independent. One of them is in the university while four others are in various secondary schools Thanks to givedirectly because it will help me pay for part of their school fees
What is the happiest part of your day?
My grandchildren usually comes over to my house in the evening so that we can eat together and sleep together while i tell them stories. This makes me happy because throughout the day i feel loney because i am always alone
What is the biggest hardship you've faced in your life?
I have been diabetic since 2000 and my treatment has always been a burden to me financially. Since i got sick in have not been able to do farming well yet that was my main source of income. Due to this i have had difficulties paying school fees for my grandsons but i will always find ways to ensure that they realise their dreams.